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Longmont Police Monitoring Threat Made Toward Citizens for Quiet Skies Group

November 10, 2018

A skydiver lands Oct. 25 at Vance Brand Municipal Airport.

Longmont police are monitoring a threat made to damage cars outside the Civic Center during Tuesday’s city council meeting directed toward critics of a skydiving operation at Vance Brand Municipal Airport.

The threat was posted on the Citizens for Quiet Skies Facebook page on Oct. 24 by a profile belonging to Anthony Bachner. At issue were posts related to the death of 23-year-old Logan Polfuss, who was found dead the day after he was scheduled to jump from a Mile-Hi Skydiving flight out of the airport.

“How about you (expletive) off talking about the death of a friend of mine? You’ll find me at the next city council meeting with metal baseball bat and you can kiss your car windows goodbye,” Bachner wrote, according to a screen shot of the comment shared with Longmont officials and the Times-Call by Citizens for Quiet Skies leader Kim Gibbs.

Gibbs requested an additional police presence both inside and outside the Civic Center for Tuesday’s meeting.

Longmont police Deputy Chief Jeff Satur said his department is aware of the situation, but Bachner assured a detective he would not follow through on any threats, and that he made them while emotional about Polfuss’ death.

Normally, one Longmont officer is present for city council meetings.

“We’ll continue to follow up as necessary. If we need extra people, we will have them” at the meeting, Satur said.

“Already spoke with both Longmont and Boulder County. No further comment,” Bachner said in a Facebook message to the Times-Call.

The Federal Aviation Administration is still investigating Polfuss’ death. On Oct. 19, he was found dead in a field in unincorporated Boulder County, near the airport. Polfuss was scheduled to jump with Mile-Hi at 1:15 p.m. Oct. 18; his girlfriend reported him missing around 9 p.m. that night, according to police.

Mile-Hi has been under increased scrutiny by city officials since weeks before Polfuss’ death . The company has repeatedly declined requests for comment about Polfuss’ death.

Citizens for Quiet Skies has long been a critic of Mile-Hi and continues to allege skydiving business causes excessive noise. In 2013, the group filed a lawsuit against the company. The suit was dismissed, and a subsequent appeal was rejected by the Colorado Court of Appeals. In 2017 the Colorado Supreme Court denied Citizens for Quiet Skies’ request to review the appeals court decision.

Sam Lounsberry: 303-473-1322, slounsberry@prairiemountainmedia.com and twitter.com/samlounz .

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